Wood Pro Expo IL video preview: Raptor polymer fasteners

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., – Utility Composites will demonstrate the versatility, durability, time-savings. and other benefits of its Raptor polymer nails, staples and specialty fasteners at Wood Pro Expo Illinois, co-located with the Closets Expo, April 18-19 at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

The company says advantages of its American-made polymer fasteners compared to their metal counterparts include:

  • After being driven into wood, Raptor fasteners can be cut, sanded, sawed, and shaped without blade or sanding belt damage. This results in a savings of cost and time to replace damaged blades, router bits and sanding belts.
  • Raptor fasteners eliminate the need for clamping devices and time waiting for glue to dry, resulting in increased productivity. 
  • Raptor fasteners will never rust or corrode from exposure to stains or paints. Therefor they do not need to be countersunk into a material, which eliminates extra work and tool costs.
  • No holes are left to putty when using Raptor fasteners, eliminating a production step. Once sanded and painted or stained, Raptor fasteners are virtually undetectable.

More features and benefits
Raptor says woodworkers find that its finish nails are an efficient clamping method for holding multiple layers or small pieces to CNC routers machines, which provides savings on set up and removal down time. In addition, Raptor notes that its nails are router bit friendly and eliminate the cost spent to replace bits damaged from accidental contact with metal nails. See video above.

Raptor XF composite nails

In woodworking applications where glue is used, such as door manufacturing, Raptor nails act as a clamp to hold parts together during drying. There is no need to wait for the glue to dry before cutting, shaping, sanding, and staining. The doors can immediately move throughout production without downtime. Watch video below as Noel Ozick, owner of the Cabinet Door Shop of Hot Springs, Ark., discusses his company’s use of Raptor polymer nails.

Raptor XF is the latest addition to the company’s product line. Raptor XF nails work well with hard woods like pecan, hard maple, red and white oak, and MDF. 

See demonstrations of Raptor polymer fasteners at booth #424. Learn more at raptornails.com

2024 Closets Conference & Expo
Wood Pro Expo Illinois

About the Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo Illinois
The annual Closets Conference & Expo (CCE) is the only national event for all closet and home storage professionals. The 2024 edition is co-located with Wood Pro Expo Illinois (WPE), a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively. Each is a distinct media brand of Woodworking Network. The twin-bill event is scheduled for April 17-19, 2024, at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

2024 Closets Expo and Wood Pro Expo Illinois Exhibitor Prospectus


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CCE and WPE each kick off with a separate full-day conference on April 17, co-sponsored by the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals and Cabinet Makers Association respectively. The two-day co-located expo, April 18-19, features woodworking machinery, supplies, and components. Additional educational programming is offered on each day of the expo. Tours of local manufacturing plants and the popular Top Shelf Design Awards networking reception are also key features of the event. View current program schedule.

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurel Didier, exhibit sales. For all other inquiries, contact Kim Lebel, show manager. 

More Woodworking Network events
Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, Oct. 24-25, 2024, Spooky Nook Sports/Warehouse at the Nook, Manheim, Pa.

Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Nov. 12-14, 2025, Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario.


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Rich Christianson is the owner of Richson Media LLC, a Chicago-based communications firm focused on the industrial woodworking sector. Rich is the former long-time editorial director and associate publisher of Woodworking Network. During his nearly 35-year career, Rich has toured more than 250 woodworking operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia and has written extensively on woodworking technology, design and supply trends. He has also directed and promoted dozens of woodworking trade shows, conferences and seminars including the Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo, Canada’s largest woodworking show.